Our Swedish correspondent Henrik W. has translated an article from today’s 180Grader (Danish), which informs us about principals of Arab-dominated schools in Denmark who warn Jewish children to stay away:
Jewish children must stay away from schools with many Arab students
“There’s plenty of aggression in the air,” a school leader says about the Arab pupils who would give Jewish students a hard time if they dared to enter the school.
Yesterday Humlehave School in Vollsmose made it known that it wants to dissuade Jewish children from attending the school on account of the many Arab children who attend it. Now two other schools with many Arab children have announced the same thing in Jyllands-Posten.
“I don’t have anything against it, but I would not advise Jewish parents to send their children here. The well-being of the children must come first. We have a large group of Palestinian students, and, particularly at this time, there’s plenty of aggression in the air,” says Lise Egholm, principal of the Rådmandsgade School in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, to the newspaper.
Her colleague at the Klostervængets School, in Nørrebro, Karen-Margrethe Grønlund has the same message:
“There is no doubt that a Jewish child would be bullied and have a hard time at our school.”
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In Århus, the schools don’t plan on recommending that Jewish children use other schools.
“We must defend the openness that we have, and work with the mutual understanding of the children. You can’t do that if it means beginning to say no to some pupils,” says Anne Graah, principal of Skjoldhøjskolen.
According to Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner the question is entirely theoretical. Jewish parents simply keep their children away from Arab-dominated schools.
“In reality, of course Jewish parents don’t send their children to school in, for instance, Nørrebro. They simply choose another school. But for democracy, it’s a problem”, Bent Lexner says to Jyllands-Posten.
He is, however, often sought out by parents who ask for advice about which high schools their children should avoid.